What Dave Challinor had to say about Hartlepool United's ‘promotion form’ following Sutton win to go second in the National League table

Hartlepool United returned to second place in the table following their sixth win in their last eight National League matches.

Monday, 1st February 2021, 12:30 pm

Dave Challinor’s side beat fellow high-flyers Sutton United 1-0 at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon to bounce back from the previous weekend’s frustrating defeat at Weymouth.

Overall, Pools are the in form side in the fifth tier having picked up 18 points from the last 24 available. Despite admitting his side are showing the form needed to get promoted, Challinor isn’t getting carried away.

“It’s certainly promotion form if you can keep it going but that’s the crucial thing,” he told The Mail.

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Dave Challinor during Hartlepool United's 1-0 win over Sutton. Picture by FRANK REID

“What matters is to be consistent over the season, not just six games or eight game spells. The pleasing thing for me is that we lost last week but we bounced back with a win against a team who are above us in the table, it’s a huge positive.”

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Challinor was also pleased to see Pools ‘grind out’ the three points on Saturday.

“Both sides cancelled each other out and have better quality than what was on show but you could see it was two decent teams,” he added.

"Knowing how we can play, if we can add that [ability to grind out wins] to our arsenal then we’ll have a good chance because you have to know how to win games in that manner in order to be successful in this division. That will only reinforce the confidence in the players that they can do that.

“And the likelihood is that we’ll have to do that a few times over the next month with the amount of games we’re playing.”

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